Islamic State member, in charge of killing security personnel, arrested in Salahuddin

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected fighter with the Islamic State group during a military operation.

Salahuddin ( An Islamic State member, in charge of the 2014 massacre in east of Tikrit, has been arrested in Salahuddin province, the Security Media Center said on Friday.

Spokesperson for the center, Brig, Gen. Yahia Rasool, said in a statement that troops, backed by forces from Samarra Operations Command “managed to arrest a dangerous militant, who was in charge of a massacre, when number of security personnel from al-Alam town were killed in 2014.”

The militant, according to Rasool, “was arrested in an operation in al-Muthanna district in Samarra city.”

In 2014, the militant group, which was in control al al-Alam by then, reportedly killed 17 security personnel and civilians.

On Monday, three people were killed, while the fourth was abducted in an armed attack in Zor Hawi al-Busat region, north of Samarra.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

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